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Festive fun for all find out what’s on

A new dawn for housing

Contents Features

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A new era for social housing A fresh look at housing

The advent of Willesden High road becomes modern day advent calendar

Festive fun


A look at what’s on in Brent

Brent’s got grit We’re prepared whatever the weather

‘Tis the season for cough, colds and of course, celebration! Everyone is celebrating something at this time of year whether it’s Christmas, Chanukah or the fact we can all look forward to a couple of bank holidays. Whatever the case, grab yourself a hot drink, sit back, relax and find out what’s going on. Flick to page 15 to read about an exciting project that’s set to perk up Willesden High Road and also offers a modern twist on some traditional festive fun. And whilst we are on the topic of festive fun, you’ll find lots going on in Brent this holiday season on page 16. And plans are afoot to shake up social housing as we know it, to learn more turn to page 13. Until next time, enjoy the holidays and have a great New Year.

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Welcome to the December/ January issue of the Brent Magazine


Orla Sedze Editor, The Brent Magazine

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Issue No. 120 December 2011/January 2012 BDU 6546 12.11 The Brent Magazine contacts Distribution queries and editorial 020 8937 1062 Advertising 020 8937 1097 Published by the London Borough of Brent, Town Hall, Forty Lane, Wembley Middlesex.

The London Borough of Brent does not accept responsibility for any goods or services offered by advertisers. Publication of an advertisement does not imply recommendation by the council of goods or services advertised. Printed on 100% recycled paper. Please use your local paper bank when disposing of this and other paper.

One Stop Service 020 8937 1200 The Brent Magazine is available in large print and on audio tape. Please ring 020 8937 1106 Cover image: Children from Kidz 1st put on Christmas play. Photograph by Kaori Ando


Olympic torch to light up Brent

The two teams (Brent Council left) and (Brent Metropolitan Police right) line up after signing the pledge.

Giving violence the boot

Wednesday, 25 July 2012 will be a landmark date for Brent, as the borough welcomes the Olympic Flame as part of the Olympic Torch Relay. The torch will pass through Brent on day 68 of its 70 day tour of the UK as it makes its way to the Olympic Stadium. Sebastian Coe, Chair of LOCOG said; “We are thrilled to confirm that Brent will act as a host location for the Olympic Flame on 25 July 2012, extending an invitation to people across the borough to welcome the Olympic Torch Relay during its journey around the UK.” To view an interactive map of the complete route visit olympictorchrelaymap

Village school Headteacher Kay Johnson completed the demolition of old school buildings in the latest stage of a project to build a new centre of excellence for children with special educational needs in Kingsbury. Work to rebuild The Village School started earlier this year in a £29 million scheme led by Brent Council and when completed in summer 2013, will have been expanded to accommodate 235 pupils, aged four to nineteen years old.




Brent Council and Brent Metropolitan Police played out a thrilling 5 – 5 draw in a seven-a-side football match at Wembley Power League. The match, was held to mark White Ribbon Day, the International Day for

the Elimination of Violence against Women on 25 November. The players signed a pledge to never commit, condone or remain silent about men’s violence against women.

You are recycling more Brent is now recycling 45 per cent of its rubbish since the new recycling and waste service was introduced on 3 October. Waste sent to landfill has dropped by 41 per cent in the first month and we recycled 1,260 tonnes of dry

New facilities will include:


a new, specialist short break centre so families of children with disabilities can take a break


excellent music, dance and drama facilities


a fully-functioning sports hall and a specially-adapted swimming pool


the most up-to-date learning technology.

Headteacher Kay Johnson with a pupil


waste from your blue-topped bins - a rise of 50 per cent. Keep it up and let’s recycle more!


New dog control From early January, new dog control orders will come into effect for Brent’s parks and open spaces. New rules limit the maximum number of dogs, which can be exercised together, by one person, to six. Dogs will not be permitted in any playground, tennis court, netball court, bowling green or multi-use games area, covered by this order, unless they are assisting a registered blind, deaf or disabled person. In all pocket parks and

some areas such as walled gardens, dogs can be exercised but must be kept on a lead by their owner. However, dogs will be allowed to exercise off the lead in at least 90 per cent of Brent’s open spaces despite the orders. Dog owners will be informed about the orders at roadshows next year and they will be reviewed after six months. Visit parks in January for more information about where the dog control orders apply.

Visit Wembley, Visit Brent, use the website - it’s yours! Local businesses are being encouraged to publicise themselves on the new www. website free of charge. As the site will be used to showcase Brent’s Olympic offering, this is an opportunity for businesses to promote themselves, special offers and events for local people and tourists.

Many businesses have already signed up so why not join them and shout about what’s good in Brent.

Volunteering blossoms at Brent River Park Thirty volunteers gave up their time to plant more than 500 daffodil bulbs and clean up Brent River Park in Wembley. To get involved in the Friends of Brent River Park email gillian.desoyres@groundwork. or call 020 8762 0354.

A voice for volunteers A new body has been set up to support voluntary organisations in the borough. CVS Brent is the voice for the voluntary sector and BASIS is complementing

its work for 18 months by providing training for local organisations and developing plans for a voluntary sector resource centre.

Town hall’s good enough for royalty

Ok, so we’re not talking about the queen, but Brent Town Hall did have the pleasure of opening its doors to the world renowned Royal Philharmonic Orchestra who rented out the Paul Daisley Hall to rehearse for a forthcoming show in November. The classic sounds of

‘Mussorgsky’s - Pictures at an Exhibition’ wafted through the building allowing officers and visitors to be the first audience to hear some of the music which will be played later in the year at the Royal Festival Hall. For information on booking space at the town hall contact - 020 8937 6203.

Chanukah Come and enjoy a musical concert and lighting of the menorah on the second night of Chanukah at Brent Town Hall on Wednesday 21 December from 6.30 –7.30pm. With performances by the London Cantorial Singers and North West London Jewish Day School choir, this promises to be a joyous evening and all are invited. Visit chanukah or call 020 8937 1076.





Watch out for imposters Brent Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) is warning households to stay vigilant of imposters offering bogus ‘debt help’. A genuine CAB adviser would never call out of the blue offering help or to set up a debt management plan. Anyone who receives a call or text like this should alert Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040, or online at report_fraud

An artist’s impression of how Dollis Hill Legacy will look

The Dollis Hill legacy Designs for a lasting legacy of Dollis Hill House have been released by Brent Council. Approved by English Heritage, the legacy project plans will include a community open air venue incorporating original brickwork from Dollis Hill House and a memorial. The inclusion of seating and additional

greenery will ensure visitors to the historic venue can relax and unwind as they soak up the atmosphere. The demolition of the house is expected to take place in December and January while the open air venue is scheduled to be ready by spring 2012.

Card is Connexion to careers

Time to speak up and speak out Brent is marking Holocaust Memorial Day with an event at Brent Town Hall on Sunday 22 January 2012, from 11am to 12noon. Commemorating victims of the Holocaust and other genocides, the theme for next year is Speak Up, Speak Out and all are welcome. Visit bhmd or call 020 8937 1076 for more information.



Eight young people in Brent have moved a step closer to their dream jobs in construction, after support by Brent Connexions service helped them to gain their CSCS cards, the Construction Skills Certification Scheme in Health and Safety. As a result of the support, four have started work and two more are going on to further education. The two remaining young people are still being supported by Connexions and have attended interviews arranged with building companies.

Connexion staff and their young clients with their CSCS card.

Cutting waste is no tall order


TV chef Richard Fox shared his secrets about cooking delicious food from stuff we often throw away when the Love Food Hate Waste roadshow arrived in Wembley. The BBC cook gave a question-and-answer session with shoppers and hosted a cooking competition to make the best flat bread with

two residents. Shoppers and residents received information and advice from a Love Food Hate Waste stall and were entertained by a stilt-walking cabaret chef. Right: The stilt-walking chef in Central Square. Left: Cooking competitors Jennifer and Kuldip with Richard Fox.


School admissions now online Families who want help or advice with applications for school places will no longer be able to visit the Admissions Team in person at Chesterfield House from 19 December. Instead, you can now apply for a place easily at and ring the team on 0208 937 3110 or drop in to your local One Stop Shop for help. Remember the deadline for primary school

applications is 15 January 2012 and residents have to apply to Brent Council regardless of whether the school is in or outside the borough. Admissions officers will be holding two public meetings in January to help parents or guardians complete application forms. You can see them at Brent Town Hall 4 January 5 - 7pm or 5 January 5 - 7pm Willesden Green Library Centre.

Olympian visits Oakington Manor Triple jumper, Onochie ‘Larry’ Achike, with students.

Icelandic banks Brent Council is set to recover millions from the Icelandic banks which collapsed in the 2008 credit crunch after it campaigned for three years to get the money back. The council will get back almost all of its £5 million deposit - which was held by the Icelandic bank Glitnir - in early 2012. Brent also had a £10 million deposit with the failed Icelandic bank Heritable and has so far got back around £6.5 million. It is looking hopeful that we will recover up to 90 per cent of the original deposit in the next two years.

Pupils at Oakington Manor School were lucky enough to get up close and personal with a world class Olympian, Onochie ‘Larry’ Achike, who visited their school to talk about goals and dreams. Spending an hour in a coaching session, Larry showed off his personal best triple jump and shared with pupils his award winning

techniques. He also spoke to a packed hall of students about his ambitions of becoming a world class Olympian and the hard work that got him there. The school’s Headteacher, Mrs Libson said: “I am delighted that Larry found the time to come to our school to inspire our pupils, he is an excellent role model for our pupils.”

Tell Us Once

benefits including attendance amount of time spent by allowance, income support those who are bereaved or incapacity benefit, informing different agencies passports, and driving about a loved one’s death. licences. The information given Mark Rimmer, Director of to the Registrar about a Volunteers help to clean Brent Council’s Registration death will now be used to up Brent River Park. update records about council and Nationality Service and the borough’s Registrar, said: tax, Blue Badges, library “We are reducing red tape membership, pensions, and form-filling for residents housing benefit and other

You only need to tell us once if you have lost a loved one for their records to be updated across the council. We have been working with central government as part of the Tell Us Once initiative to reduce the

Businesses get energy efficient Brent companies discovered more about energy efficiency, carbon reduction and reducing energy use at a business breakfast organised by the council. The event, joint hosted by the Carbon Trust, was attended by around 40 Brent business people who received information and advice on cutting their energy use from experts. The breakfast was part of Brent Council’s strategy to reduce carbon emissions. For more information, email environment@ or call 020 8937 5380.

Brent business people Beata Wlodarczyk, Ivy Farkye, Bijal Sha and Jay Raj.

at a time in many people’s lives when they would prefer to be with their families and loved ones rather than dealing with administration. Tell Us Once is turning what has been a traditionally time-consuming process for residents into a more efficient service.”




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Tannika tells tales Gang culture and youth violence are an unfortunate part of life for some young people. One Harlesden teenager, Tannika Williams-Nelson decided to take action by highlighting the problem in a book. Tales of the Hood was the end result. What inspired you to write ‘Tales of the Hood’?

Why do you think young people join gangs?

When did you first realise you were good at writing?

The community that I live in and some of the things that happen there. There’s a real youth subculture in Harlesden, gangs are an issue and it can be violent sometimes. People pick unnecessary fights with each other and you can’t go to certain places without arguments.

For security and protection. Some young people really need that because they want to belong to something. Gangs have changed a lot now though, some of them are just about picking fights.

In school I always liked to write stories, when I moved to Wembley High School I learnt more about writing and really got to like it even more.

How has your book been received?

I’ve been featured in the local papers and on the internet. People take more of an interest in what I do now and they recognise me locally but it’s hard to get out there and make myself heard as a young person, so in the wider society it’s been slow progress.

Tell us a bit about the plot for your book? It’s based around the main character who’s called Jayden. He joins a gang and gets involved in gun and knife crime. He tries to reform and escape through music. In the end he’s successful but he goes through a lot of bad stuff to get there.

I think it’s been very influential. Older people have said it’s given them an insight in to teen life, while young people can relate to how things are and how to avoid bad situations and the wrong people growing up.

Know an interesting Brent person?

Are you famous now?

Tales of the Hood is published by Xlibris and is available to buy on Amazon for £9.97




Photos posed by models.



BRENT COMMUNITY CHAMPIONS AWARDS 2012 The awards honour local people for outstanding voluntary and community service and are held annually by Brent Council. Nominate online at or to get a nomination pack call 020 8937 3673 or email All nominations must be returned by 15 February 2012. The awards ceremony will take place on 16 May 2012.

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Nominations opened in July and were received from members of the public wishing to recognise council officers who make a difference to their community. Brent Council staff can also make nominations to recognise their colleagues and teams. Chief Executive of Brent Council, Gareth Daniel said: “The Staff Achievements Awards are a chance to celebrate the many colleagues at Brent Council who, in the face of many pressures, continue to rise to the challenges, strive for excellence and seek out new opportunities. “Congratulations to Chatan Popat, our Employee of the Year, who embodies what a true public servant should be efficient, resourceful and committed to providing excellent services.”

Employee of the Year Chatan Popat Information and Communication Technology Officer (ICT) for Streetcare

Recognising excellence Every year Brent hosts it’s annual staff awards to recognise the employees who give exceptional public service; whether it be the teacher that helps your child succeed, the youth worker who inspires you or the wardens who keep your local park in excellent condition.

Chatan was an ICT officer for Streetcare before the service restructured earlier this year. The team were responsible for important council services such as waste collection, street cleaning, parking, lighting and trees. Described as Steetcare’s ‘invisible engine’ Chatan ensured the service worked like clockwork by managing the team’s contract databases, online forms, and IT systems. Chatan was at the forefront of the eGov agenda for Streetcare ensuring services such as reporting missed refuse collections, requesting new bins and ordering bulky waste collections were available online.This has reduced the impact on the environment as well as producing a faster, more efficient , service for residents. The judging panel were particularly impressed with Chatan’s most recent work, where despite not being a manager, he developed a project to reduce mobile telephone costs within his service by £14,000 per year. Chatan’s manager said, “He is proactive, takes responsibility, always works across departmental lines and constantly generates solutions.” Chatan is now a Service Improvement Officer for Safer Streets.




A new era for social housing Social housing as we know it is about to change. In November of this year the Localism Bill was passed, shifting a number of powers and responsibilities from central government into the hands of individuals, communities and councils. As part of the bill, councils have been given the control to develop new local rules for social housing that fit the needs of each individual borough. To do this Brent will consult with residents and use your feedback to help create the Brent Tenancy Strategy which will set out Brent’s new policy. These changes will then be introduced in 2012/13. Although existing tenants won’t be affected, many new social housing tenants will. Tell us the changes you think need to be made to social housing in Brent. Email brenttenancystrategy call 020 8937 2343 and visit in the New Year.

The changes up for consultation: The housing waiting list

End of lifetime tenancies

There are over 15,000 households on Brent’s housing waiting list and it’s growing. New powers will give councils more freedom to decide who qualifies to go on the list. Councils can also give additional priority status, for example to households who are in work.

Under the new rules councils and housing associations will be able to grant a fixed tenancy of two, five years or longer as well as retaining the option to grant a lifetime tenancy.

Homelessness Homeless households in priority need can choose to wait for a council home to become available or, with their agreement, be offered a suitable private rented sector home. New rules will mean councils can place some homeless families in private accommodation without giving the option of waiting for a council home.

Succession rights New laws will only allow for the tenancy holder to pass their social housing on to one person, either a spouse or a partner, ending the two discretionary succession rights that tenants have now, unless the council adopts its own rules.

Affordable rent To cover the cost of changes to the way new social housing is funded, housing associations can offer affordable rent at up to 80 per cent of local market rents on new homes and some existing homes when they are let.




The advent of Willesden From 1 December until Christmas Day, just like an advent calendar, a new window display will be unveiled daily on Willesden High Road. But instead of the usual chocolate treat, the window shop front will feature art installations from designers working with local shop owners. This modern day advent calendar is part of the ‘New Windows on Willesden Green’ project, Brent Council’s initiative to inject new life into the high road. The council are working alongside the renowned cultural charity The Architecture Foundation to deliver the project. Architect Juliet Quintero, one of the 25 designers taking part in the advent calendar display, said: “I loved the concept of contributing to this project

and have been thrilled to be working with the family-run shop ‘Everything Etc’, a treasure trove of gifts and ornaments. “We revealed the new shop front on 4 December and we’re really proud of the result.” After Christmas, the ‘New Windows on Willesden Green’ project, which is funded by the Mayor’s Outer London Fund, will enter the next phase, bringing numerous empty shops on the high street back into use. Jane Harrison, Project Manager for Brent Council said: “We will work with landlords to offer empty premises to prospective shop owners for a period of time at reduced rents in return for renovations and the creation of opportunities for local people. Local

A sprinkle of festive magic will be bestowed upon Willesden High Road this December, as it hosts a modern twist on the advent calendar. By SHARON DONOVAN. Pictures by MIKE MASSARO. trainees will be used to help bring these vacant shops to life. “The project will stimulate the local economy, improve skills and make Willesden an attractive and bustling place that more people want to visit. It will also help turn many people’s dream of having their own business, into a reality.” Concept ideas for the empty shops are welcome from January. Weekend of festivities 17-18 December Collect your custom made map at the project’s Pilot Shop, 45 Walm Lane, and follow the trail of creative windows, picking up some of our designers’ bespoke gifts for sale on the way.




Whether you’re celebrating Christmas, Chanukah, indulging in some festive fun or just want to get out of the house, Brent’s got it covered. There are lots of events happening across the borough to see you into the New Year.

Festiv What’s on

Brent Chanukah 2011

Celebrating the Jewish festival of light. Come and enjoy a musical concert and lighting of the menorah on the second night of Chanukah at Brent Town Hall. Performances by The London Cantorial Singers and North West London Jewish Day School choir. Wednesday 21 December, 6 – 7.30pm Light refreshments available. All communities welcome. 020 8937 1076

Meet Father Christmas in his grotto

Famous people of Kilburn talk and festive quiz

Join Ed Fordham, local historian, to find out about the famous faces associated with Kilburn, then test your own local history knowledge for the chance of a prize at the festive quiz. Friday 16 December, 6.30 – 8 pm, Education Room, Willesden Library 020 8937 3541

New Windows on Willesden Green – weekend of festivities

Carols by candlelight

Throughout December a Brent project called ‘New Windows on Willesden Green’ will be unveiling some exciting shop displays on Willesden High Road. Come down and explore them all with a custom made map, and pick up some of our designer’s bespoke gifts to start your seasonal shopping. Turn to page 15 for more. 17 – 18 December, Willesden High Road

Sunday 18 December Kingsbury Free Church NW9 8QG 020 8205 0424

Festive arts and crafts at Brent libraries

Visit Santa at Bookstart Story and Rhyme time for under fives. Harlesden Library Monday 19 December, 10.30 – 11.15am Willesden Library Tuesday 20 December, 10.15 – 11am

Winter @ the Greenhouse A seasonal celebration with art, food markets, family workshops and a performance from Kensal Rise Primary ECCO Orchestra. Saturday 17 December, 12noon – 5pm, Willesden Library.

Town Hall – 17 Dec, 2 – 4pm Kilburn – 20 Dec, 2.30 – 3.30 pm Harlesden – 21 Dec, 2 – 3.30pm Willesden – 21 Dec, 2.30 – 4pm Ealing Road – 22 Dec, 10.30 – 11.30am Turn to page 31 for library addresses

Dick Whittington The Chameleons put on Dick Whittington at Claremont High School 19 – 22 January




e Fun ‘Tis business as usual over the festive period It will be business as usual for many services provided by the council while the rest of us are busy celebrating. • Meals on wheels staff will also be working on Christmas Day to ensure hundreds of people in the borough enjoy a festive meal. • Emergency social workers will be working Christmas day, Boxing day and all through the night. • Cricklewood Homeless Concern will be providing a hot meal for their customers from 24 – 29 December from 10.30 – 3.30pm. • Waste and recycling dates can be found on your collection calendar, visit to view your calendar online or call 020 8937 5050 to request one. • Emergency planners will be on standby in case of a major incident, local people are advised to call 101 in non-emergency situations.

Park in heavenly peace Rest easy at Christmas when your vehicle is properly parked

Parking restrictions in Brent over the Christmas and New Year period Date

Parking restriction

Car pound opening times

Parking shop opening times

24 December

Normal restrictions

8am – 8pm

8am – 4pm

25 December




26 December

Bank Holiday restrictions

9am – 11pm


27 December

Bank Holiday restrictions

9am – 11pm


28 December

Normal restrictions

8am – midnight

8am – 6.30pm

29 December

Normal restrictions

8am – midnight

8am – 6.30pm

30 December

Normal restrictions

8am – midnight

8am – 6.30pm

31 December

Normal restrictions

8am – 8pm

8am – 4pm

1 January

Normal Sunday restrictions

9am – 11pm


2 January

Bank Holiday restrictions

9am – 11pm


See: Dick Whittington DECEMBER 2011/JANUARY 2012



Brent Holocaust Memorial Day 2012 Commemorating victims of the Holocaust and other genocides

Sunday 22 January 2012 11am-12noon Paul Daisley Hall, Brent Town Hall, Forty Lane, Wembley HA9 9HD




Following the service there will be light refreshments and an opportunity to view exhibitions. All communities welcome. 020 8937 1076

Brent’s got grit As the season of freezing temperatures, snow and ice arrives, Brent Council is ready to keep the borough moving throughout the winter weather.

In a depot stands 3,000 tonnes of grit. The supplies have been stockpiled as part of Brent Council’s planning should gritting be needed to deal with harsh winter weather. The grit, also known as rock salt, is part of contingency plans in place to make sure that key transport routes, including most bus routes, along with high roads, town centre streets and steep hills can be kept open even if heavy snow, ice, and frost returns to Brent. Last year around 1,400 tonnes of grit was needed through the winter to keep major road routes open; the winter before that about 1,500 tonnes were used. The gritting means that people can get safely to their workplaces, schools, shops and leisure centres. It also helps essential

services such as recycling and waste collection to keep going. If recycling and waste collections do have to be suspended this winter, then the council will clear disrupted collections as soon as the weather has improved and it is safe. “We are ready for the return of winter. However, Brent is always clear with residents that we cannot grit every road in the borough,” explains Michael Read Assistant Director for Environment and Neighbourhood Services. “We will give priority to bus routes, major shopping streets and town centres and ensure they stay open.” In addition, Brent Council has installed around 300 yellow grit bins across the borough so that residents and businesses can grit icy or hazardous public pavements and roads themselves.

“The grit, from grit bins, must only be used to clear pavements and public roads,” adds Michael. “It is not to clear private property such as a private home’s driveway or paths. We are also urging residents to read our guidance about gritting and clearing snow themselves. That way we can work together to deal with whatever the weather brings us in the coming winter months.” This year, in very severe winter weather, Brent Council will be tweeting updates ( about the situation on Brent’s roads. Visit, email environmentandprotection or call 020 8937 5050 for more information.




December 2011/January 2012

Recycle more this Christmas

‘Tis the season to recycle Blue-top bin recycling up by

Thank you for recycling more. From 3 October to the first week of November you have achieved…

Brent recycling rate



Landfill waste down by


Food waste collection Everyone living in houses and converted properties in Brent now has weekly food waste collections. So, if this is the first year that you have access to this new service, make sure that all your food waste, including vegetables, fruit, meat and fish, goes in your organics wheeled bin or food waste container. Don’t forget we cannot accept food waste in biodegradable bags. You can wrap your food waste using paper bags, paper or newspaper.

Blocks of flats If you live in a block of flats and already have access to communal recycling bins it’s now easier for you to recycle more. You no longer need to separate your recycling materials using different bins and for the first time you can recycle new materials,

like cardboard, household plastic packaging and cartons. Over the coming months we will be busy expanding the recycling service to ensure that every block of flats in Brent has communal recycling bins.

After you’ve opened your presents and eaten your Christmas meal it’s likely you will have a lot of items to be recycled. This Christmas you can recycle more. These are just some of the Christmas materials you can put in your blue-top recycling bin. tins and cans

wrapping paper Blue-top recycling bin cardboard and Christmas cards

It is likely that your blue-top recycling bin will fill up fast this Christmas, so don’t forget to wash and squash cans, plastics and cartons and flatten cardboard boxes. You can also order another blue-top recycling bin from us for free. And, as you can now recycle more, please remember that we no longer collect excess waste left next to the landfill waste bin.

Collection day changes

wine bottles

drinks cartons

Tel: 020 8937 5050

plastic packaging for toys

Check your collection calendar during the bank holiday period at Christmas. The collection day for your blue-top recycling bin and landfill waste bin will stay the same. But the collection day for your organics wheeled bin or food waste container will change. If you do not have the collection calendar, you can find out your collection day on Brent Council’s website or contact us to request a new calendar.

Take your Christmas tree to Abbey Road Your Reuse and Recycling Centre will accept your Christmas tree and this will be turned into valuable compost. You can also put your Christmas tree in your organics wheeled bin, if you have one. Please make sure that the Christmas tree fits fully within the wheeled bin with the lid closed or it will not be collected. The centre accepts all the materials which you can recycle at home, as well as a wider range of other materials. Location Brent Council Reuse and Recycling Centre, Abbey Road, London NW10 7TJ Opening times: Open seven days a week, 8am - 4pm, closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day.


Brent Council’s quarterly residents’ recycling newsletter produced by Brent Council in association with Veolia. For further information visit or call 020 8937 5050.


Please remember the centre only takes household waste and has a strict no van policy.

Local issues

Who’s got the answers? Come and discuss the local issues which concern you at any of Brent’s five area consultative forum meetings. Harlesden ACF Tues 10 January 2012 at 7pm

Kingsbury & Kenton ACF Wed 8 February 2012 at 7pm

All Souls Church Station Road Harlesden, NW10

Kingsbury High School Princes Avenue Kingsbury, NW9

Kilburn & Kensal ACF Wed 11 January 2012 at 7pm

Wembley ACF Tues 17 January 2012 at 7pm

Granville Plus Community Centre 80 Granville Road, Kilburn, NW6

Patidar House 22 London Road Wembley, HA9 Willesden ACF Wed 18 January 2012 at 7pm College of N.W. London Denzil Road Willesden, NW10

For more information contact Brent Consultation Team Tel 020 8937 1055 • Email

BRENT ACF Area Consultative Forums





A Marxist mystery The collections at Brent Archives offer a tantalising glimpse into the history of the borough and its residents.

One of the most important parts of the job for archive staff is cataloguing the collections describing them in detail so that everyone can find documents, maps, or photographs about their local or family history. Sometimes the team chance upon something particularly intriguing. One recent discovery was a mortgage deed, one of many held in the collections. Dating from 1883 it is for a house called ‘Kingsley’ on Willesden Lane. At first glance, it looked like any other legal document from the 1800s; written in ink on parchment which was still used for deeds until the last century. But, on closer inspection they noticed the name of the mortgagee - Friedrich Engels, Esquire, of 122 Regents Park Road. A little background research confirmed that this was the address of Friedrich Engels, political theorist and joint author with Karl Marx, of the Communist Manifesto which has since been recognised as one of the world’s most influential political manuscripts. But a quick check of the archives revealed there are no records of him actually living in Willesden, so why was this famous advocate of collective ownership buying property in Brent? Engels’ biographer, Tristram Hunt MP, put the archive team in touch with experts who are looking for the answer in his collection of letters, many written in German. In the meantime staff will carry on digging and have so far learnt that the house had just been built when Engels bought it. Building registers show that the builders who mortgaged the house to Engels submitted the plans for approval a few months earlier.The mortgage was transferred in 1886 to Fanny Emma Thorne, and local street directories show that her husband Alfred was still living there over 20 years later. The records at Brent Archives are your gateway to the history of the area. Come down to make your own discoveries and find out how your part of the story will be preserved for the future. Come to Brent Archives Winter Talks to hear more about the boroughs history - turn to page 30 or call 020 8937 3541 for details.








Win a white water rafting experience The Brent Magazine has teamed up with Lee Valley Regional Park Authority to offer two pairs of white water rafting experiences. Daredevil sports enthusiasts will be able to experience white water rafting at the only brand new London 2012 venue open ahead of the Games. The new season at Lee Valley White Water Centre in Waltham Cross runs from 19 January to 9 April. When the white water rafting is over, warm up with free soup and a roll served at the café. To be in with a chance to win simply answer:

Where is the Lee Valley White Water Centre? Rafting experiences cost from £49 and can be booked by calling 08456 770 606 or online at For full terms and conditions visit Competition deadline Friday 6 January 2012.

Send your entries on a postcard with your name, address and daytime telephone number to: (Name of Competition), The Brent Magazine, Room 9, Brent Town Hall, Forty Lane, Wembley HA9 9HD or email (add name of competition to subject line). Last month’s winners: The Ladykillers: Mrs W Dias, C. Moore, Harry F.Rose, Jerome Bronzini, Angelica Campion, Verena Beane Ideal Home Show at Christmas: Mary Barry, Wendy Swann, Mrs T. Kemp, Verena Beane, Shalini Kothari.

Win a three course meal Brent Magazine has teamed up with Premier Inn Wembley, to offer three lucky readers the chance to win a meal for four at their Thyme restaurant. With summer now officially over and the cold winter evenings drawing in, why not head to Premier Inn Wembley’s Thyme Restaurant for a cosy treat where you can indulge in a mix of traditional and contemporary dishes. You will find succulent chicken, fish and lamb as well as some fantastic vegetarian dishes, starters and tempting desserts all served with a welcoming smile. With Christmas fast approaching, why not take the heat out of the kitchen and book your festive celebrations at Thyme Restaurant Wembley, the perfect place to eat and be merry this holiday season. The Christmas menu offers two courses for £10 or three courses for just £18, bookings of ten or more will receive a free bottle of wine to compliment their festive feast and what’s more, the booker eats free! For your chance to win a three course meal tell us:

What is the name of the restaurant at Premier Inn Wembley? Terms and conditions • Prize includes a three course meal for four and the first round of drinks are complimentary Competition deadline Friday 6 January 2012.





What’s going on… The essential guide to music, drama, sport, workshops and much more. Find out what’s going on in Brent during December 2011/January 2012. To get your event listed email or telephone 020 8937 1062. CHILDREN HILLSIDE PERFORMING ARTS Free dance and drama classes every Monday for 11- 16 year olds from 5-6pm at the Hillside Hub (Stonebridge Centre) NW10 8LE Call Sasha Newton on 07506 198 999

TODDLER PICASSOS Painting, water play, play dough & songs 15 months to 3yrs phone to book first class FREE! 8 Station Terrace, Kensal Rise, London NW10 5RT 07903 638 817

SING SPANISH Spanish classes for children aged 3 -8. NW6/NW10 07976 050 977

THE 2ND WEMBLEY BOYS’ BRIGADE & GIRLS’ ASSOCIATION Anchors 5-8 juniors 8-11 meet 6.15-7.30pm on Thursdays. Company section meet at 7.15-9pm At Park Lane Methodist Church Wembley

SATURDAY SUPPLEMENTARY GREEK SCHOOL 10am-1pm, language and traditional dancing Kingsbury High School, NW9 07967 810 210

PRIDE JUDO CLUB Mons, Weds 8-12yrs Mons 7-8pm, Weds 6.30-7.30pm, 12+ Mons 8-9pm, Weds 7.308.30pm £3 Chalkhill Community Centre 07985 336 181

DOWN SYNDROME TIGER CUBS Thurs 5-6pm football coaching run by QPR, Woodfield School Genwood Avenue, NW9 020 8740 2585 07815 670 806

SOCCER TRAINING Fri 6-8pm, for children, first session free Capital City Academy NW10 mdipaola@






Thursday in Willesden Green. Brownies 6.308pm 07738 205 562 Guides 7-8.30pm 07981 174 634

New group in Wembley Park meeting one evening a month, discussing novels nominated for literary prizes wpbookclub@



Mons, 7.30-8.30pm Mambo City salsa £6 St Joseph’s Social Club, Empire Way, Wembley Fri 7.30-8.30pm Willesden Sports Centre Thurs 8.159.30pm £4.50 07961 281 989 Mons 6.30-7.30pm Salsa size dance and exercise £4 Chalkhill Community Centre, 113 Chalkhill Road, Wembley 020 8385 1836

Mon-Fri, for babies 6-18 months Willesden Green and Kensal Rise 07790 955 576

First Thursday of the month 7.30pm upstairs at the North London Tavern Kilburn High Road NW6



Friday Cubs 7-8.30pm, Scouts 7-9pm Clivedon Hall Clifton Way, Alperton 020 8997 0951 020 8902 6902

4th NEASDEN BROWNIES Girls aged 7-10 only Tues 6-7.30pm St Mary’s and St Andrew’s Church Hall, Dollis Hill lane, NW2 07794 018 819

COMMUNITY AREA CONSULTATIVE FORUM Harlesden, 10 Jan, 7pm All Souls Church, Station Harlesden, NW10 Kilburn & Kensal, 11 Jan, 7pm, Granville Plus Community Centre, 80 Granville Road, Kilburn, NW6,

Tues 11am-12.30pm The Gallery, Willesden Green Library 020 8452 8739

DANCE DA SALSA ROOM Mons 7.30-8.30pm beginners £7; 8.30-9.30pm bridge the gap classes £10; 9:45-11.30pm, club and free styling night Heritage Inn Caribbean Rhum Bar & Restaurant 301 Cricklewood Broadway, London, NW2

BALLROOM AND LATIN Mons 7.30-11pm Brent Town Hall, Forty Lane Wembley 020 8855 6868 Ballroom dancing

Kingsbury & Kenton, 8 Feb, 7pm, Kingsbury High School, Princes Avenue, Kingsbury, NW9 Wembley, 17 Feb, 7pm Patidar House, 22 London Road, Wembley, HA9 Willesden, 8 Jan, 7pm College of North West London, Denzil Road, Willesden, NW10

BRENT PENSIONERS FORUM 4 Jan 10am-12pm Brent Town Hall 020 8795 3151

COFFEE MORNING Weds 10.30am-12noon Kingsbury Baptist Church, Slough Lane, Kingsbury, NW9. All welcome


The Black Experience in Nazi Germany and Wartime Europe Akin Shenbanjo 26 January, 7pm Willesden Green Library Centre Roger Mills gives a fascinating talk about his new book ‘Everything Happens in Cable St’ 7 December, 6.30 - 7.30pm Willesden Green Library Centre


TEA DANCE Mons, Weds 1.30-4.30pm £4 Brent Town Hall 020 8937 6206. Fri 2-4.30 pm Chalkhill Community Centre, 113 Chalkhill Road, Wembley 020 8385 1836

Native Spanish teacher all levels 07531 640 199 Author talk on new book. See listing under: Learning

TEA DANCE Mon & Thurs 2.00-4.00pm King’s hall Community Centre, 155 Harlesden Road, Willesden Green Only £1.50

BELLY DANCE Wembley Fitness First, 492 High Road, Wembley, HA9 7BH. Mondays Beginners at 7:30pm, £50 for 6 weeks. Improvers at 8:30pm, £60 for 6 weeks Wednesdays Intermediate at 8:45pm, £60 for 6 weeks 020 8123 7383

DANCE AT THE TRICYCLE We’ll Meet Again Free activity group for the over 60s, including drama, art, dance and T’ai Chi 020 7372 6611

DRAMA CHAMELEONS Mons and Thurs 8pm, amateur dramatics Neasden Methodist Church, NW10 07968 965 038

DRAMA WORKHOUSE Saturday crew workshop for children 1-2pm 7-9 years; 2-4pm 10-12 years; 4-6pm 13-18 years; under 10s £25 a term, over 10s £40 a term; Dudden Hill Centre, 19 Dudden Hill Lane, NW10; Mons adult classes 8-10pm £9.50 Tricycle Theatre, NW6 07958 653 725


PIANO LESSONS Preston Road All ages and levels welcome 07550 722 538 mariatchetverikova@

KINGSBURY WALKERS Weds 1.55pm, meet Bush Farm, Slough Lane and Salmon Street junction. 020 8907 2836

BARN HILL CONSERVATION GROUP Suns Fryent Country Park; Tues, Thurs, Sats Roe Green Walled Garden 020 8206 0492

LEARNING Famous People of Kilburn talk + Festive Quiz. Ed Fordham, local historian, 16 December, 6.30pm, Willesden Green Library Centre. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Interesting Characters buried at Paddington Cemetery Dick Weindling & Marianne Colloms, local historians, 25 January, 6.30pm Willesden Green Library Centre Jack Sheppard - the surprising life, crimes and escapes of an 18th century criminal Dr. Peter Ross, Guildhall Library. 2 February 2012, 6.30pm. Willesden Green Library Centre.

WATERCOLOUR PAINTING AND DRAWING FROM STILL LIFE All levels bring your own materials. A ten week term 7-9pm. Call Mary (afternoons) for prices, dates and further info 020 8141 6367

FRENCH TUITION Native speaker in Kensal Rise, all levels 07762 254 845

ADULT BALLET 11 wk courses Wednesdays, 11 Jan - 28 Mar 2012 (no classes 15 Feb) 6.30-7.30pm - Level 1 beginners 7.30-8.45pm - Elementary (two or more years’ experience needed) £115/£120 Registration required in advance - BOOK NOW! call Serena on 07956 260 108 or enrol online www.


CENTURY BOWLS CLUB Indoor and outdoor bowls, free coaching available, social activities, Logan Road, Wembley 020 8904 3261

Courses for adults from accounts to yoga 020 8937 3990 adulteducation

PRESTON PARK BOWLS CLUB Free coaching and loan of bowls Preston Park Recreation Ground, Carlton Avenue East 020 8933 9358

SPANISH CLASSES Monday eves Friday mornings NW6/NW10 07976 050 977

COMPUTER TRAINING Free computer training with OCR qualifications for Brent residents aged 14-24 year old Middlesex ITeC on 020 8900 0505

WORKERS’ EDUCATIONAL ASSOCIATION Thurs 10am classes held in coffee lounge at St John’s Church Wembley, entrance via gate in Harrow Road 020 8904 5940

MUSIC ACE CAFE 4 Jan, 8 - 11pm - Hot Rod Night with DJ JIMMY GUNTRIP




Mon & Wed 5-6pm Holy Innocent Church Hall Bacon Lane, Kingsbury NW9 9AF 07950 647 993 phoenixkarate@

Willesden Library (room 2) 7-8pm every Thursday Gladstone Pk Community Centre 11am -12 noon every Sunday. Mixed Ability Classes £10 a drop in


Phoenix Tai Chi Tuesday 1pm at Vale Farm, Wembley. Eddie Ong 07900 687 498

Free courses & seminars: Meditation, Positive Thinking, Overcoming Anger Inner Space, 528 High Road, Wembley, HA9 7BS 020 8903 1911 wembley



28 Jan, 7- 11pm - Rockin’ Record Hop with DJ JIMMY GUNTRIP All free entry

Have a chat and a game of Bingo - Saturday 2.00-4.00pm King’s Hall Community Centre, 155 Harlesden Road, Willesden Green. Just turn up on the day

Sundays 10.30- 12.30 PM Ark Academy, HA9 9JP Women Only Kateda Self Defence Class. Taught by a female instructor Sundays 10.30am - 12.30 PM. Ark Academy, HA9 9JP 07717 784 585 Katedaclasses@




Tues 7.30 -10pm Goodwill Hall, Chichester Rd, Kilburn Park No singing experience needed - no auditions 020 8455 8865

1 hour guided meditation with Gongs and Tibetan singing bowls.The first Wednesday and third Tuesday of every month 7.30pm NW10 4EL call Sandira on 07940 804 098

Bowls, open days and fetes, Kenton 020 8907 9076

14 Jan, 7 - 11pm - Motown Night with DJ LITTLE DIANE

WILLESDEN GREEN CHOIR Mons 8-10pm. Songs from all over the world, no auditions, first session free Willesden Green Library Centre, Space 2, NW10 2SF www.vocalitysinging.


YOGA CLASSES Classes Mon - Sat, day & eve, 133 Salusbury Road, Queens Park 020 7328 7163 www.yogaindailylife.

SEATED EXERCISE CLASSES Spend an hour in gentle exercise with your friends, £2.00 per session Mondays 11.30am– 12.30pm 28 Fortunegate Road Harlesden NW10 9RE. Wednesdays 10.30 – 11.30am Harrod Court Stag Lane NW9 9AD Call Age UK Brent 020 8965 7711

SPORTS & LEISURE RUGBY Kilburn Cosmos Rugby Football Club Senior men, ladies, junior and mini Rugby Gladstone Park, Dollis Hill (Anson Road side) 07985 280 979 www.kilburncosmos.

Tues & Thurs 7-8pm, Willesden Sport Centre www.queenspark

Walk off those festive dinners, Walking Group see Sports & Leisure

WALKING GROUP Thursday, 2 – 3pm, Willesden Sports Centre, Donnington Road, NW10 3QX. Free. Call Age UK Brent 020 8965 7711

RATGGAROBICS Circuits every Wednesday at Bridge Park 8-9pm £5 Get fit - Get sexy Call Jason: 07557 123 760

ZUMBA! Monday 8-9pm Saturday 10-11am. St Mary & St Andrews Church Hall, Dollis Hill Lane, NW2 6HE £5 per class, no need to book 07957 458 537

HOCKEY Senior sessions – Wednesdays 8-10pm; juniors (U9-U16) – Sundays 10am Jewish Free School, Kingsbury (The Mall, HA3 9TE) Gary Thompson on 07946 576 968

SEA URCHINS Thurs 8pm, swimming club for young people and adults with learning difficulties. Willesden Sports Centre, NW10, free, call Jean 020 8452 6912

SHORINJI KEMPO MARTIAL ART Tues 8-9.30pm Church of Ascension, The Avenue, Wembley; Fri 7.30-9pm at St Erconwald’s Church Hall, 112 Carlton Avenue East, Wembley 07404 039 087

WU SHU KWAN Chinese kickboxing Sat 3-5pm, Willesden Sports Centre, NW10 07835 244 398

TAEKWONDO Tues 6-9pm, Thurs 6-7.30pm, Ealing Road Methodist Church 07832 447 763 Mons 6.30-8pm, Weds 6.30-8pm, Cardinal Hinsley School NW10 07832 447 763

WEMBLEY BOWLS CLUB Weds 3pm tuition offered King Edward VII Park, Park Lane Wembley 020 8907 8626

WEMBLEY CRICKET CLUB Sats 10-11am cricket teams and coaching for girls and boys at Oakington Manor School, Wembley 020 8902 6096

KINGBURY BOWLS CLUB New members welcome, free coaching and loan of bowls, Eton Grove Open Space 07505 337 501

VENUES BRENT MUSEUM High Road, NW10 020 8937 3600 BRENT ARCHIVES Ist Floor, Willesden Green Library Centre, NW10 020 8937 3541 PAUL DAISLEY HALL Forty Lane, Wembley, Middx HA9 Box Office 020 8937 6206/6203 TRICYCLE THEATRE CINEMA and Gallery 269 Kilburn High Road, London NW6 Box Office Theatre 020 7328 1000 Cinema 020 7328 1900 Disabled access to auditorium and cafe, induction loop in auditorium Minicom 020 7625 5105 WEMBLEY ARENA Box Office 0870 060 0870

LIBRARIES EALING ROAD LIBRARY Coronet Parade, Ealing Road, Wembley HA0 4BA, 020 8937 3560 HARLESDEN LIBRARY Craven Park Road, Harlesden, NW10 8SE 020 8937 3570 KILBURN LIBRARY 42 Salusbury Road, Kilburn NW6 6NN 020 8937 3530 KINGSBURY LIBRARY PLUS Kingsbury Road, Kingsbury NW9 9HE 020 8937 3520 TOWN HALL LIBRARY Brent Town Hall, King’s Drive, Forty Lane, Wembley HA9 9HU, 020 8937 3500 WILLESDEN GREEN LIBRARY 95 High Road, Willesden NW10 2SF 020 8937 3400

WEMBLEY STADIUM No Events from mid December To January 2012


Future dates online 0844 980 8001

Evenings and daytime including free tuition, Chatsworth Road 020 8438 0302



Swimming Club. See Sports & Leisure

Ladies’ hurling club, all levels welcome, call Mary Cahill 07904 685 276




The Brent Magazine issue 120 December 2011 and January 2012  

The Brent Magazine issue 120 December 2011 and January 2012